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The Lollipop Lift vs. The Anchor Lift

There are scores of women who are self-conscious about their breasts for a variety of different reasons. They are not extremely large breasted women, but they face the same issues as all women struggling with different factors. Gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and other issues often cause their breasts to reposition. While the world sees them as the beautiful women they are, they suffer in silence and attempt to ignore their imperfections. These moderately breasted women think they have no choice but to live with unsightly breasts. But that is not true. With the help of a breast lift surgeon in Boston, women have options to correct their breasts.

Standard breast lifts are called anchor lifts. This procedure is typically not appropriate for the moderately sized breast. The incision is made around the areola (the pink or brownish skin around the nipple). Then, straight down the center of the breast and around the crease under the breast. This gives the surgeon the opportunity to reshape the breast tissue and raise the nipple before closing the incision and giving the breast a perky, high-sitting, and firm look of a youthful breast. However, this is very invasive, and there is scarring (to a certain degree).

Lollipop Lift

The lollipop lift is more suitable for moderately sized breasts. The lollipop lift begins as the anchor lift does. The incision is made around the areola, and then an incision is made down the center of the lower breast. This is how it got the name lollipop. The incision looks like a lollipop on a stick. No further incisions are made, and there is no cut under the breast. The surgeon has minimal space, but with that space, he can raise the breast and reposition the nipple into its correct location. The skin is pulled tight, and upon completion, the breast is lifted and looks youthful and feels firm. The scarring is minimal.

The lollipop lift is not easy because of the minimal area in which to work, but it is highly effective. However, this is not an option for a woman with very small breasts.


Recovery time is shorter with a lollipop lift than an anchor lift, simply because there is less invasive to the body. You will need someone to help you for 2-3 days, and you should not lift anything. After about a week, you can return to a job that is sedentary. You should not lift anything for at least 2-3 weeks that weighs more than 10 pounds. If you must lift something during your recovery, then keep your elbows close to your body.

Your doctor will give you a list of instructions. It is important to follow them exactly. An infection or bursting your stitches would be very bad. Proper care means less scarring and less chance of problems.

In a few weeks, you will be back to your normal routine. You will feel good physically, and you will be ready to put the old issues of self-doubt behind you. Recovery is a minor price to pay for that kind of comfort.

If you have any questions about breast lifts, please feel free to contact Wellesley Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation for your breast lift. 

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